In July Compassion & Choices appointed accomplished attorney Kevin Díaz as its new director of legal affairs. A highly regarded litigator and program manager, he comes to the organization from his previous role as legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon. Díaz was selected after a nationwide search.
Born in Perú and raised in Oregon, Díaz earned degrees at the University of Oregon and the University of Washington School of Law. He has spent his entire career in public interest law. “During the past 20 years I’ve worked with immigrants, domestic violence survivors, students and many others in cases that have sought to protect the liberty and enhance the dignity of individuals who, for one reason or another, have been treated unfairly,” says Díaz. “I see my work at Compassion & Choices as a continuation of this work.”
Díaz was named a 2013-14 Wasserstein Fellow by Harvard Law School in recognition of his exemplary public interest work. He has served on the board of directors of the Hispanic National Bar Association and also is a past-president of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. As Compassion & Choices’ director of legal affairs, he will head our dynamic and innovative legal advocacy department. Over the past two decades this program has driven improvement and secured choice in end-of-life care, establishing important principles like a federal constitutional right to aggressive pain management.
He will lead a robust litigation program, choosing cases for maximum impact to ensure that people receive care consistent with their wishes and priorities at the end-of-life. One month into his new position, Díaz has already headed into a number of key projects: “I am excited to have the opportunity to work on fundamental rights that affect all of us.”
To keep current on Compassion & Choices’ legal work, visit the In the Courts page of our website.